1. Canoe and paddles:
When selecting a canoe for your camping trip, it’s important to consider the weight capacity of the canoe, as well as its stability in the water. Paddles should be lightweight and chosen according to the individual size and strength of each camper. If possible, bring along extras in case of breakage or loss.
2. Paddling safety gear:
Make sure to bring along all necessary safety equipment for canoeing, such as a throw bag with rope, waterproof bags for storing items, a whistle, and personal flotation devices for each member of your group.
3. Navigation equipment:
Bring along maps of the area and a compass to ensure that you are able to stay on course during your trip. A GPS device or smartphone may also be used if available.
4. First aid kit:
A well-stocked first aid kit is an essential item for any camping trip. Make sure that it contains items such as bandages, antiseptic ointment, tweezers, and antacids.
5. Food and water:
Bring enough food and water for the duration of your trip, as well as extra in case you run into any delays or adverse weather conditions. Pack lightweight food items that don’t require refrigeration, such as dried fruit and energy bars.
6. Tent or shelter:
Choose a tent or other form of shelter appropriate for the environment where you are camping. Make sure to bring along stakes and necessary repair materials just in case.
7. Clothing for cold weather:
No matter what time of year you plan on canoe camping, make sure to pack clothing suitable for cold temperatures as well as rain gear in case of inclement weather.
8. Matches/fire starter material:
Bring along waterproof matches and other fire starter materials such as lighters or magnesium bars in case you need to start a fire for warmth, cooking, or other purposes.
9. Cooking utensils & cookware:
Pack lightweight cooking utensils and cookware such as pots, pans, oven mitts, and dishes that are appropriate for the meals you plan on eating while camping.
10. Bedding & sleeping bags:
Bring along blankets or sleeping bags to keep warm during cold nights in the wilderness. Consider bringing air mattresses for added cushioning and comfort if desired.
11. Camp chairs or stools:
Bring along a few camp chairs or stools for lounging around the campsite and gathering around the fire. This will help to provide extra comfort during your stay in the wilderness.